Pro Co RAT
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I love the rat
this is like the queen bee of buzzy distortion toys... it does a little of everything and it does it well. Sounds great through an AC30 too, which is a tough amp for most dirt boxes. Everyone should own a rat or something absed on the rat. I have this in a box of junk. It went in there when I had a long period where I didn't use many effects in line and now tis been replaced by the TC Nova Drive that ahs a rat in it. But I'll probably never get rid of the proco, I've had it forever. Everyone should buy one.
It gives you all you need
this pedal gives you the fuzz of Dave Gilmour, the hard grunge of Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl, as well as the 80's distortion of Nuno Bettencourt. Easy to dial in tones, and there are so many. Mine has been stomped hard and still no problems 20 years later.
This pedal is manly as fuck.
Great distortion, spongy organic tone with no hiss. Works well on solid states but better on tubes. Can be powered by 9, 12 and 18v. More juice means more distortion. After trying 13 or so distortion pedals (no exaggeration) I tired this pedal for the first time at my local music store (they are always sold out). Upon engaging this pedal while playing a verse from 'Hooks in you" by Iron Maiden, My hair grew 100%, My chest hair billowed from beneath my shirt, and I was able to sing 3 octaves higher. I took it home and hooked it up to my 7 string, and was able to chug out the chunkiest riffs I have ever played. BUY. THIS. PEDAL
I Use this pedal to tastefully add some CHARGE to a Drums, Synth Leads and/or Synth Bass. If i want to get TUFF with my synths, especially bass i'll use some METAL DISTORTION like that "shitty" Joyo Metal pedal i use. I tell ya' -- for guitars, mehhhhhhhh
I Use this pedal to tastefully add some CHARGE to a Drums, Synth Leads and/or Synth Bass. Some extra saturation. On my guitar is drive it up and crank it. love Rat Pedals. However, If i want to get TUFF with my synths, go full distort. especially bass synth, i'll use some METAL DISTORTION like that "shitty" Joyo extreme metal pedal i have hahaha. I tell ya' thing kicks a lil ass with synths -- ok. lolol. for guitars, that joyo "Extreme" distortion is MEH!. Anyway on guitars if you rock This RAT, a proper guitar, and an amp head that goes to 11... shits going to scream. (and if you want to take it further a Maxon OD 808 infront of that Rat willl take you there, better rock that NS-2 while you're at it aswell baha)
The Rat, whiteface, from Proco. Arguably the best distortion ever created.
I may be biased, but I have never needed to buy, or do research for that matter, for any distortion or overdrive, fuzz, etc. You can literally get any sound you need from a Rat. What I love about this pedal is using it along with the volume knob, at really low volumes it has a whole different character. As you turn it up, the character changes and becomes something more, but just as intriguing. I have had mine since 1987, I bought it from a friend for $40. I have never played any other distortion in my signal path and I played top 40, metal, rock, blues, funk, 80's, 90's etc, using this pedal for all kinds of effects. The filter knob, this is the key, when you play a room and the reverb is drowning you out, just turn this know until the frequency cuts through the hoopla, I cannot convey how great it is to have that ability and fix it in 5 seconds with no soundman debates, or having to turn your rig up and then you look like an a**hole. If you don't have a Proco Rat, a Whiteface, vintage or reissue, my preference, then stop reading and go get one if you want to have any integrity as a guitarist. If you kick this pedal on, and there are any guitarists in the audience, oh they will come to see what is making you sound like a beast! believe me, it will happen as it has to me countless times. Good luck in acquiring one!
RAT is all you need
Simply perfect. Love the versatility that you can get out from this pedal. Sweet mild overdriven/disorttion tone to sick ass fuzz! The only withdrawal about this pedal is a hit or miss. Tried bunch; some are very good and some are really bad. It can get too shrills, fizzy and thin at the top end. Nonetheless, easily favorite pedal off all time. Would recommend to check out Proco Rat 1985 original whiteface or reissue and Proco Rat 2 MIA (1990's). Else, go for Big Ear Woodcutter!